Legislative News
IIPAC Endorsements Released
This week ABI's PAC, IIPAC, released the Friends of Iowa Business endorsements for additional legislative and statewide races. ABI's Nicole Crain has provided a video update for members with highlights of the endorsements and ways for you to ensure you're prepared for Election Day! Click here for the full list of endorsements. If you have not yet signed up for Election Updates, please do so here. The weekly emails will provide voter education information, targeted race analysis and news clips from around the state.
Election Day is Fast Approaching; Support IIPAC Today
The 2018 election is right around the corner. ABI needs your help to ensure the substantive pro-business reforms made over the last two years here in Iowa remain in place. We are asking for your support of IIPAC today. With only 60 DAYS until the general election, can we count on you to donate $60? One dollar a day is just a fraction of the millions of dollars employers have saved thanks to the reforms instituted during the last General Assembly.
 
The business climate in Iowa is positive. We cannot afford to become complacent. Opponents of pro-jobs policies are actively organizing and raising money, which makes it all the more important that you invest in IIPAC . There are several key races taking place this fall, and it's critical you get out and vote for candidates who support economic growth and increased jobs. If you have already contributed to IIPAC this year, thank you for your support. Please consider sharing this message with a colleague to amplify our voice at the State Capitol.
 
2019 Legislative Session Timetable
Even though January may seem a long ways away, the 2019 Legislative Session Timetable has been posted. It can be found here . January 14 will be the first day of the 2019 legislative session of the 88th General Assembly. The first funnel deadline is slated for March 8, and May 3 is the last day of the 110-day session when per diem for legislators ends. Mark your calendars now for ABI's annual Legislative Briefing and Reception on January 16 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.

Federal Spotlight: SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing Underway
D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee of President Trump to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, went before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week to provide testimony and receive scrutiny from members of the committee. The hearing began on Tuesday and will likely continue through tomorrow. The atmosphere during the hearing was especially cantankerous as many political observers believe if the Senate ultimately confirms Kavanaugh, it could change the ideological balance of the highest court in the land for at least a generation. Senate Republicans have indicated they would like to have Kavanaugh confirmed before the start of the fall term for the Supreme Court, which begins on October 1.
 
Water Use Annual Permit Fee on September 18 EPC Agenda
The Department of Natural Resources will propose setting the Water Use Annual Permit Fee at $134, maintaining the fee at the 2018 level. Water use permits are required of any person or entity using 25,000 gallons of water in a single day during the year and are issued for a period of up to 10 years. Iowa Code authorizes the department to charge a fee for the permits and to collect up to $500,000 per year through these fees, but DNR must base the fee on its program budget. For 2019, the DNR will collect an estimated $450,000 from more than 3,000 permits to support the water permit fee program. The department has a carryover from 2018 and also received money from a general fund appropriation to DNR last session. Keep reading.
Legends in Manufacturing
Honor the Past, Present and Future of Advanced Manufacturing in Iowa
Join us for the fourth annual Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner, October 2, at the Prairie Meadows Events Center in Altoona.  Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, an ABI program, will recognize six outstanding leaders in manufacturing. Register here for the awards dinner, as well as the Advanced Manufacturing Conference held the next day.
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Thanks to a Truly Exceptional ABI Staff

Mike Ralston
President
ABI

ABI is all about its members. Providing value for members is at the core of everything we do, because if we aren't providing value for you and your company, there is no reason for you to be involved in the association.

The secret to ABI's success is strong leadership by the ABI Board of Directors and fantastic support by ABI members. We never, ever take that leadership and support for granted.

As I do every September, however, I am calling attention to something else this month. That is the work of a terrific ABI staff. Keep reading.
Top News
Stephen M.R. Covey to Discuss "The Speed of Trust" in Des Moines on November 27
Join Stephen M. R. Covey, best-selling author and leading trust expert, as he discusses how trust can be a measurable strategic advantage to your organization. What if you could see trust within your organization, and within your team? How will this information help you think and act differently? Attendance is complimentary, but seating is very limited for this executive breakfast. To register, contact Richard Tolbert at  richard.tolbert@franklincovey.com or 913-449-9123.

Meet with Delegation from India, Explore the Indian Market
A delegation from India representing Dezan Shira & Associates (DSA) is coming to Iowa in October, and they want to meet with ABI members who are interested in exploring the Indian market. DSA is a specialized foreign direct investment practice providing corporate establishment, business advisory, tax advisory and compliance, accounting, payroll and financial review services to multinational investors. For more information  on doing business in India or other countries with Iowa partnerships, contact   Peggy Kerr at the   Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Tour the C-SPAN Bus in Des Moines on September 10
Celebrate 25 years of public service and American history resources by taking a tour of C-SPAN's high-tech, interactive digital media bus on September 10, 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., at Central Library in downtown Des Moines. Enjoy a free cup of coffee and a bus tour gift.

ABI Board Member Doug Bass Named President of Great Western Bancorp
Great Western Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of Great Western Bank, announced last Thursday that effective October 1, Executive Vice President & Regional President Doug Bass will assume the role of president and COO. The announcement comes after an extensive, nationwide search.  In his new role, Bass will be responsible for implementing technological and strategic initiatives and overall loan and deposit growth, De novo office expansion, operating efficiency, and People & Culture.  Read the news release .
Heidi S. Nebel to Speak at AUTM Fall 2018 Leadership Forum 

Heidi S. Nebel, intellectual property (IP) attorney, managing member and chair of the biotechnology & chemical practice group at McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC, will speak on a panel at the Association of Technology Managers (AUTM) Leadership Forum on September 28 in San Diego. 

The panel will focus on the changing aspects of intellectual property and how it will impact all types of companies, not just technology transfer organizations.  Read the news release .
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